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Core Value: Research-Based Practice

The best practice in any discipline is based upon sound research and professional judgment. We commit ourselves to basing our instruction, scholarship and policy recommendations on well-established principles that, wherever possible, emerge from research and reflection on its implications for professional practice.

Examples of Research-Based Practice in the CEHD

Science Education: Nature of Science in the Middle School

As a result of a partnership developed during a graduate class, one university researcher and two practicing teachers are co-teaching a middle school science course on the nature of science focused on environmental issues. During this class they are researching ways that students understand the nature of science through experiences such as science fair and citizen science. The culminating experience of the citizen science project is a 5-day trip to Henlopen, DE to gather population data of horseshoe crab for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.

Health and Physical Education: Integration of Research and Teaching

The PHED Program is guided by faculty who are researchers, authors and presenters at state, national and international conferences. They discuss research findings in their classrooms and inform students of current research findings pertinent to their content. Textbooks and other materials are selected based on their cutting edge content.

Cognitive Strategies for Learning and Retention Research

Two CEHD faculty interested in how students with disabilities learn in school and have focused much of their research on cognitive strategies designed to promote learning and retention of school-related information. Read more...

FASTTRAIN: Joint Research Project on International Mindedness

The Center for International Education has initiated a joint research project to assess what international teachers believe is "international mindedness" in an effort to understand how domestic and international teachers are currently thinking about the notions of internationalism. Read more...

Special Education: 325T Program Improvement Personnel Grant

In 2008, the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) in the Department of Education (DOE) awarded George Mason University's special education program for students who access the general education curriculum a five-year 325T program improvement personnel grant (PI, Kelley Regan). Read more...

Secondary Education Program: Capstone Action-Research Course

The Secondary Education Program offers multiple opportunities for studying their own practice and/or gathering data on their impact on student learning. The program culminates with a capstone course in which students conduct their own action-research projects. Read more...

Educational Leadership's course, Using Research to Lead School Improvement

As of the Fall 2007 term, students in the Education Leadership Master's program are required to enroll in a newly designed course, Using Research to Lead School Improvement. Read more...

Multilingual/Multicultural Education: Impact on Student Learning Assessment Project

Multilingual/Multicultural Education's Foreign Language program engages teacher candidates in research-based practice utilizing the Impact on Student Learning Assessment Project. Read more...

Center for Restructuring Education in Science and Technology: CREST Science Camp

Students in partnership schools participate each summer in developing problem-based learning curriculum for students in the Center for Restructuring Education in Science and Technology's (CREST) science camp. The day camp offers science exploration for students entering grades 5, 6, and 7. Literacy Access Online Read more...